When I first became editor of Beading Daily, I was asked to participate in the Beadwork challenge, where the editors receive the same box of beads and they each make something. It’s always fun to see how everyone approaches the challenge—it’s my favorite section in the magazine. I loved creating my first challenge project—Dragonfly Pin—but I thought the challenge could be improved in one small way: make it BIGGER. So I invited everyone at Interweave Press to join in the first Beading Daily challenge!

(Before) The original kit
from Lady Bug Beads.

Twenty employees from all three of our locations (Loveland, Colorado; Malvern, Pennslyvania; Stow, Massachusetts) accepted the challenge and created 31 projects, from simple strung pieces to intricate seed bead and wire creations. There was only one rule: make something with these beads! They didn’t limit themselves to just beading either – check out the projects that involved weaving, knitting, and embroidery!

The Beading Daily challenge has proved to be full of surprises.

Take a look at the two free projects this week, both submitted as part of the challenge. One of them is by a very experienced beader, someone who teaches beading classes and has been published in beading magazines. The other is rather new to beading and this is her first published project. Guess which designer matches which project. Got your answer ready?

Give yourself a gold bead if you said that the earrings were designed by the experienced beader and the lariat by the less experienced one.

I love it when people do the unexpected!

(After) 31 fabulous creations!

Barbara Naslund, who designed Copper Dreams Earrings, has been beading for at least ten years. She has taught beading classes at local bead shops. Her designs have appeared in Stringing. We're talking someone who shows up at work on Mondays with cute peyote-stitch earrings or a bead crochet bracelet that she created over the weekend. I love that Barbara made a project that every member of Beading Daily can make. If you are brand new to beading, this could be your very first earring project. (Take a look at our Techniques section for instructions on creating simple loops and you're ready to go!)

The Red Currant Lariat is Anne Merrow's first published beading project. I knew Anne was a great knitter and editor (check out her book, Favorite Socks), but I had no idea she was such a talented beader! I love that instead of making a small seed bead project, like someone new at beading might naturally do, she made one so seed bead intense that she had to beg for beads from at least five different people (including me)!

I hope you find the rest of the Beading Daily challenge projects as inspiring as I did. Isn't amazing what you can create with a small box of beads?

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